Athletes: It’s the medals that count, not the attire

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  • Thursday, 06 Sep 2018

PETALING JAYA: The country’s para-athletes are not upset that they may not have official attire for the Asian Para games in Jakarta.

For them, performing well and making the country proud is more important.

“It does not matter what we will wear. What matters is being able to win medals for the country,” said shot put champion Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli.

He said although team members had been given official attire for past international meets, the tracksuit was just fine for him.

“It does not bother us,” added Muhammad Ziyad, who set a world record for shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fellow para-athlate Abdul Latif Romly, who broke the long jump world record three times on the same day and won the country’s third gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games, shared a similar sentiment.

“What is the point of wearing nice and beautiful clothes when you cannot produce results?”

He said they were focused on winning big at the meet and making the country proud of their achievements.

“It would be nice if we could wear the official attire.

“But without it, we are still fine. Our focus here is not to look good but to win,” Abdul Latif added.

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